ProJared

ProJared

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About

Jared Knabenbauer, more commonly know as ProJared[1], is a YouTube video game reviewer who is most known for his One Minute Reviews. Other than his One Minute Reviews he makes long video reviews, Top 10s, and discussion videos. He, like most video game reviewers, has a Let’s Play channel called “ProJared Plays.” [2]

Origin

Projared posted his first video onto YouTube on September 17, 2010, Called “Two Worlds – ProJared.” The Video has gained a little over a million views since it was posted.



Videos

ProJared's most popular video, “How to Make Slender Not Scary” has over six million views, with his second being “Worst Console Ever – ProJared” at over three million views. Many of his other videos range from hundred thousand to a million views. He has also appeared on Game Grumps.



Online Relevance

ProJared has a good amount of followers across social media. As of August 27, 2015 he channel has 681,020 subscribers and 82,670,936 views. His Facebook has over 53,000 [6] likes, his Twitter has 94,000 followers [5] and his Twitch has over 31,000 [4]. Finally, his Reddit has 2000 readers.[3]

Cheating Scandal

On May 9th 2019, ProJared announced that he and his wife Heidi O'Ferrall were getting a divorce in a statement posted to Twitter (shown below).[7]


My wife Heidi and I have filed for divorce. I know this may come as surprising and upsetting for many of you, but know that we do this so that we may both seek happiness for ourselves. During this time you may see a lot of rumors, speculation and gossip going around. I ask that you make your own observations and come to your own conclusions I will add that this decision was reached after extensive individual therapy on my part and couples therapy together. With that said, this is all I plan on stating publically regarding this matter. Heidi's privacy, mental wellbeing and discretion has always been and will remain my highest priority through all of this. It is my hope that we both exit this marriage with style and grace. I plan on continuing to do everything I can on my part to make this happen. Thank you for your understanding, patience, kindness, and respect for our privacy

The announcement made the split seem amicable, but shortly after it was posted, O'Ferrall posted several tweets alleging that Knabenbauer had been cheating on her with Holly Conrad, known as Commander Holly on YouTube, the ex-wife of Ross O'Donovan of Game Grumps (shown below).


Heidi O'Ferrall @AtelierHeidi Follow In recently learned that my husband @ProJared has been f------ @HollyConrad behind my back for months. I have no idea what announcement he just made because he blocked me. Jared Knabenbauer @ProJared You are blocked from following @ProJared and viewing @ProJared's Tweets. Learn more 1:13 AM -9 May 2019 Heidi O'Ferrall @AtelierHeidi 11h I have proof. Explicit conversations and photographs of their relationship, which he extensively lied to me about on many occasions. He was promising me that he was committed to our relationship at the time, and promising her he was breaking up with me Heidi O'Ferrall @AtelierHeidi 11h He went so far as to blame me for being suspicious and making him "feel like a bad person" by questioning his loyalty. He gaslit me for months, insisting that he had "the bare minimum interactions" with her and "didn't even like her" Meanwhile, THEY WERE HAVING SEX Heidi O'Ferrall @AtelierHeidi 11h Jared tried very, very hard to make me feel responsible for everything that's gone wrong in our relationship. He technically broke up with me in February insisting that the only thing wrong with our marriage was me. Insisting that HE had tried to make things work. Heidi O'Ferrall @AtelierHeidi 10h He was unable to confess to his infidelity even when presented with proof. He squirmed in denial until the last minute, getting angry and defensive instead of apologetic. I believe he has compartmentalized his feelings/memories to suppress his guilt. He's VERY convincing Heidi O'Ferrall @AtelierHeidi 10h I have spent the last year in near isolation, ostracized from Jared's friend group because he made it clear to me that I was not welcome around them even when we were "still together". He had to keep me separate to keep up his lies. Heidi O'Ferrall @AtelierHeidi 10h I have spent the last year in near isolation, ostracized from Jared's friend group because he made it clear to me that I was not welcome around them even when we were "still together". He had to keep me separate to keep up his lies. Heidi O'Ferrall @AtelierHeidi 10h He told his friends a version of events that omits his infidelity and portrays me as an aggressive and unreasonable person. As though I'm randomly angry and upset all the time, for no reason at all. It's because he's abusing me Heidi O'Ferrall @AtelierHeidi 10h His statement is nothing more than an attempt to silence me before I can reveal anything. I gave him the opportunity to make a statement about his infidelity before I did. I told him it would be less embarrassing for him if he was honest with his own friends first. He declined Heidi O'Ferrall @AtelierHeidi 10h I'm honestly shocked that he posted this today because it's so blatantly selfish. This isn't a mutual statement in any way. I did tell him that I wouldn't sign an NDA regarding his behavior. I've suffered enough to sell him my dignity too

Furthermore, she alleged that he solicited from and sent nudes to fans via Snapchat (shown below, left). This was corroborated by many who came forward with stories about receiving nudes from ProJared and being asked to send nudes. She also called out Conrad saying she looked "insecure" in the nudes she sent to Knabenbauer (shown below, right).


Heidi O'Ferrall @AtelierHeidi Follow It's also true that he has been soliciting nudes from his fans for years. I was there. In the beginning, it was a joke on tumblr. Then it was its own tumblr account just for nudes. It was ostensibly a body-positive space for consenting adults, and I approved on that basis. 2:21 AM-9 May 2019 赜寒@參@仅@ 515 Retweets 3,414 Likes 9122 515 3.4K Tweet your reply Heidi O'Ferrall@AtelierHeidi 10h It kept escalating secretly. He started a Snapchat, for getting nudes from fans, without telling me. I found out via a fan comment. I felt pressured to allow it even though I was uncomfortable Anytime I gave him an inch, he took a mile Heidi O'Ferrall@AtelierHeidi 10h believed that he shut it down in late 2017 ( think???) But now I have reson to believe it continued for long after that. If you have information or were involved in this, I would like to know what really happened. I know a lot of fans participated 94 t 108 2.0K Heidi O'Ferrall @AtelierHeidi Honestly @HollyConrad you look very ashamed and insecure in all the nudes you sent my husband. I think it would help your chronic self esteem issues if you started f------ men that weren't already married 21:42 5/8/19 Twitter for Android 200 Retweets 778 Likes

Conrad had initially replied to Knabenbauer's tweet saying she was there to support him if he needed (shown below, left). She later stated "If you want to believe a hyperbolic statement from someone you don’t know on the Internet with no previous background information and use it to demonize strangers, so be it" (shown below, right).


Follow @HollyConrad Replying to @ProJared Im so sorry you re going througn this. I'm here for you if you need me. 1:26 AM -9 May 2019 holI @HollyConrad Follow I understand some s--- is going down on the Internet. If you want to believe a hyperbolic statement from someone you don't know on the Internet with no previous background information and use it to demonize strangers, so be it. This isn't anyone's business but theirs 1:39 AM -9 May 2019 113 Retweets 2,103 Likes 9779 113 2.1 K Tweet your reply hoy@HollyConrad 11h If it's worth anything, you all know me. I'd never hurt anyone and I only want the best and happiness for those around me. If you've followed me for a long time, you know that. Gonna get off twitter for a while

After the scandal, ProJared's subscriber count on YouTube quickly plummeted by the thousands. As of May 9th, 11:55 AM EST, it has dropped to 998,000 and continues to decline.[1]



The scandal was covered by Daily Dot[8] and Gaming Revolution.[9] A thread on the scandal gained over 6,500 points on /r/LiveStreamFail.[10] Meanwhile, some on Twitter took the opportunity to defend JonTron after his racism scandal which caused "Jontron" to trend, though most of the discussion regarding was commentary that Jontron was irrelevant to the situation (examples shown below).


Well-Red @wellredwriting Follow JonTron fans reacting to the Projared drama: lcan excuse racism, but I ineat infidelity and abuse You cantexcuse racism 11:08 AM- 9 May 2019 Zakk McCone @zakkmccone Follow People using ProJared being a cheater to say JonTron isn't racist No Correlation 8:53 AM-9 May 2019

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